Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong-based full-service airline operator, has taken possession of its third Airbus A350-1000. The aircraft registered B-LXB took off from the European manufacturer's Toulouse-Blagnac facilities and arrived at Hong Kong International Airport last weekend.

The aircraft is equipped with Trent XWB engines. It can accommodate up to 334 passengers - 46 in Business class, 32 seats in Premium class and 256 in Economy class.

The new widebody of Cathay Pacific is the third of 20 long-haul A350-1000 aircraft ordered by the airline. The new aircraft joined the growing A350 XWB fleet, which already includes 22 A350-900 with an average age of 1.6 years.

Last June, the Oneworld alliance member carrier became the second airline in the world after Qatar Airways to operate the A350-1000.

Cathay Pacific's newest member will be deployed on a new route between Hong Kong and Washington from September 15th. Cathay's unrivaled route is the longest one in its network with 7085 nautical miles (13.122 km) and one of the longest commercial flights made by an airline with 17 hours of flying.

The ultra-long-haul aircraft will also serve Madrid, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Manchester, and Zurich as soon as the winter season starts in October.